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FY Common Read Program
During the summer between high school graduation and coming to college, we ask that you take some time to complete a FY Common Read program selection. This program was created for incoming first year students to help ease the transition to college by creating a shared reading experience that will help you connect with other students, faculty and staff at Curry College. The 2016 Common Read book will be announced at Summer Orientation 2016.
As an example of Curry's program, the 2015 Summer Reading selection was entitled The Work: My Search for a Life that Matters by Wes Moore. The acclaimed author of The Other Wes Moore (NY Times Bestseller) continues his inspirational quest for a meaningful life and shares the powerful lessons-about self-discovery, service, and risk-taking-that led him to a new definition of success for our times. The faculty and students felt it centered on issues related to decision making and consequences of our choices, the powerful impact of life events and stressors on young people, the importance of interpersonal relationships, and wellness, all of which are relevant to our incoming students at Curry. Each chapter contains lessons and content that we feel can be integrated into a number of first year classes.
Students will be given the 2016 book and a brief introduction at the new student orientation sessions in June. Following these sessions, students are tasked to read the book carefully throughout the summer and use discussion questions to better understand and deepen their knowledge of the book. Upon return to campus in the fall, First-Year students will write a response to the book to be included in their E-Portfolio as well as participate in a discussion of the book in small groups along with a variety of other co-curricular programs related to the themes and topics in the book. This gives them an opportunity to share their views on the book and the events that took place in it both with other students and with members of the faculty and staff.
If you have any questions about the FY Common Read program, please contact Dr. Si Pearman, First Year Coordinator.